The West Duwamish Trail will connect into South Park as soon as the end of 2013 according to the city’s plans.
The trail—which runs almost to the West Seattle Bridge and connects to the 1st Ave Bridge—will extend down W Marginal Way to S Portland St. On Portland—which might be the potholiest street in Seattle—the trail will be built in a currently unpaved space and will lead to a really cool little pocket park along the river.
Perhaps more importantly, the trail extension could be a big kickstart for a more bike-friendly South Park.
Planners presented details to the Bicycle Advisory Board Wednesday. Here’s how the one-block section connecting the existing trail to S Portland will look:
Below is a map of the project. It could operate as a lifeline for the neighborhood, and opens many opportunities for biking and walking connections:
So, what would it take to connect this trail to the soon-to-be-rebuilt South Park Bridge and, someday, the Green River Trail? There is a lot of potential for neighborhood greenways in South Park. The current draft of the Bicycle Master Plan leaves a lot to be desired in the neighborhood (it doesn’t even have this planned trail). This would be a great opportunity for some residents to propose a neighborhood greenway route or two that could interface with this trail.